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Holy Hell Reviews

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June 5, 2016
The foundation is there for a good documentary to happen, but the fact that amateurish filmmaking got in the way of the story really does a major disservice to the overall story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
April 29, 2016
Holy Hell is a simplistic documentary that scrapes by on the warmth of its humanism and the empathy for its subjects, not the editing, structure or style.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 20, 2016
It hopes to jolt audiences with OMGs instead of edifying them about the empty lure of Buddhafield's cult mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 29, 2016
Despite its worthy plot and the wealth of great footage with which it had to work, Holy Hell is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 26, 2016
Does a sub-par job probing the psyches of both Buddhafield's leader and its members.
May 25, 2016
Allen begins the film by describing this journey as a '22-year search for truth,' and while there's no doubt that he found more than he bargained for, Holy Hell fails to convey what that might be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 28, 2016
"Holy Hell" should have dug a lot deeper and told its story with a lot more finesse. What happened? Maybe, after all these years, Allen was still too close to his subject?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 3, 2016
The footage Allen shot during his time with The Buddhafield is remarkable; one wishes he'd have just handed it over to a removed third party to actually assemble into a film.
May 18, 2016
The material cries out for a more disinterested eye.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 5, 2019
A creepy but fascinating watch and a good addition to the ever-growing genre of "religious cult" films.
November 19, 2017
If you're already fascinated by the world of religious fanaticism, Holy Hell will leave you captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2016
There's an uplifting catharsis to Holy Hell, and rather than let the audience sit in judgment or mock the beliefs of those who participate, it lets us try to forge a bond with them instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 29, 2016
Never before has a cult documentary contained so much footage of its inner workings
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 27, 2016
What sets this film apart is Allen's ability to deliver with integrity and sensitivity extremely intimate stories of optimism, faith, and painful disillusionment.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
July 12, 2016
Allen's gentle compassion for his fellow cult survivors is understandable, but is ultimately unsatisfying. Still, for fans of cult documentaries, Holy Hell is worth it for its insider footage alone.
May 26, 2016
Mr. Allen has made an engrossing and tense documentary, though his insider knowledge is sometimes a hindrance.
May 28, 2016
With unprecedented access to archival footage and former members of The Buddhafield, it's impossible to look away from Holy Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 9, 2016
What begins as a video memoir evolves into a much larger portrait of betrayal, grief and healing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 24, 2016
Holy Hell plays like a thriller, all right, with a darkness edging slowly over its swimsuit revelry, but Allen never cheats in the interest of suspense.
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May 26, 2016
Holy Hell has an undeniable car-crash fascination, especially once Allen reveals just how deeply this particular phony guru abused the trust of his faithfuls.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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